China’s blind pursuit of ‘absolute nationwide safety’ could result in Soviet-style collapse, warns advisor –

Beijing: The blind pursuit of “absolute national security” combined with excessive defense spending may lead to a Soviet-style collapse, China’s top foreign policy adviser has warned the ruling Communist Party led by President Xi Jinping.

The pursuit of “absolute national security” can come at a high price, said Jia Qingguo, a member of China’s top political advisory body Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and cited the collapse of the Soviet Union as evidence of the pitfalls of prioritizing military expansion over long-term security.

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The collapse of the Soviet Union, officially known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR and ruled by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, has become an important lesson taught in the top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) schools across the country , to avert decisions that lead to his downfall.

Many Chinese leaders have frequently referred to the former USSR and asked the CCP to learn from its historical experiences.

Months after taking power in 2012, President Xi himself said that the collapse of party discipline led to the demise of the 20-million-strong Communist Party of the former USSR.

“If party members did and said what they wanted, the party would turn into a mob,” Xi said.

Jia, who was also a former dean of the School of International Relations at Peking University, says the unrestrained pursuit of security will drastically increase costs and drastically decrease benefits until the costs outweigh the benefits, according to Hong Kong based in southern China, the Morning Post reported on Sunday.

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“Ignore and blindly pursue the comparative nature of security [it] absolutely make the country less secure because of prohibitive costs and failing to achieve absolute security,” writes Jia, who sits on the CPPCC Standing Committee, in the latest issue of the bimonthly Journal of International Security Studies.

His 22-page article is full of thinly veiled criticism of hawkish prospects, the Post reported.

Too much emphasis on defense spending could trigger an arms race, making all countries involved less secure, writes Jia, himself a US affairs specialist.

He cites decades of massive defense spending by the Soviet Union as a prime example of the downside of ignoring long-term security that led to the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“The result was that the Soviet Union lagged behind in economic development and was unable to sustain its massive defense spending. People’s lives have not improved for a long time and this has led to a loss of political support, he notes.

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“Actions like these sacrifice long-term interests for short-term gains and have greatly accelerated development [Soviet] Riot and collapse, he writes.

Since Xi took power, internal and external security has become central to CCP politics.

China’s military budget shot up to over $200 billion last year and is expected to increase further when the new budget proposals are announced in March this year.

However, Chinese analysts argue that unlike the Soviet Union, China paid the same attention to economic development that propelled the country to become the world’s second largest economy.

China’s economy grew 8.1 percent to $18 trillion in 2021, according to the latest official data.

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Xi also conducted the largest anti-graft purge in CPC history. Over the past decade, the CCP’s Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection (CCDI) has conducted investigations and punished more than four million cadres, including nearly 500 high-ranking officials. More than 900,000 have been expelled from the party, about 1 percent of its 95 million members, according to another article in the Post.

Analysts say Xi’s emphasis on security and his anti-graft campaign in the name of strengthening the country and the CCP have boosted his popularity and helped him consolidate power in the party.

The 68-year-old Xi, who will complete a decade in power this year, is expected to continue for life as the once-every-five-year CPC Congress is expected to approve an unprecedented third five-year congress later this year. tenure for him, unlike all of his predecessors who retired after two terms.

The Party elevated him to the status of CCP founder Mao Zedong, which set him apart from other leaders.

His elevation was defended on the grounds that the party and the country needed strong leadership to face the tough challenges posed by the US, EU and other Western countries.

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Jia also warns in his article against an overemphasis on absolute security when it comes to supply chains.

“It is only by completely cutting off foreign trade and achieving economic independence that you can make it really impossible for other countries to exert pressure,” he writes.

But that would only reduce efficiency and let the country fall further behind, making the nation less secure, he warns.

“People concerned with security usually think of national security as the only value a country aspires to, as if once it is safe the country has achieved all its goals and its people are content,” he writes. “But that is not the case.”

The sole aim of maintaining security would also discourage companies from innovating and opening up to foreign companies, which would harm the overall efficiency of the economy, Jia adds.

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Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to lift cash for pottery faculty

A year ago this month, Kelvin Crosby was at rock bottom when the tiny bit of clear vision he still had disappeared. Then it got worse. Last fall, development funding for his startup ran out, leaving him with no income.

But with the help of handmade ceramics – a craft he learned in high school and resumed last December – Crosby, 33, is now back on top both emotionally and on TikTok, where he has more than 258,000 followers and 4 ,1 . has `millions of likes for his 6 month old TikTok channel DeafBlindPotter.

Up to 1.4 million people tune in every day to watch videos of the old town resident making cups and vases on a pottery wheel in his parents’ house in Clairemont. Using only his fingers, instinct, and memory as a guide, he spends 12-14 hours a day making up to 20 ceramic items that he regularly sells on his new website deafblindpotter.com.

Crosby said ceramic was his savior several times in his 20-year battle against Usher syndrome type II. He was born with severe hearing loss and began to lose his eyesight at the age of 13. These days, hearing aids help him hear and speak to people, but his vision is now reduced to what people would see if they looked at the world through a piece of waxed paper.

On June 27, Helen Keller’s birthday, Crosby is planning a benefit auction selling 100 of his latest ceramic pieces and running a pot marathon attempting to throw 50 cups in seven hours. He plans to use the event proceeds to raise funds for his next big idea, DeafBlindPotter training for people with intellectual disabilities.

Crosby said he felt it was his mission to teach others the healing properties of the art form.

“Through pottery I realized that I have so much to live with. And I realized that if I can help others live through their challenges, I will find joy in my life too, ”he said.

Kelvin Crosby is trimming the bottom of a coffee cup in his Clairemont ceramic studio on Friday June 4th.

Kelvin Crosby is trimming the bottom of a coffee cup in his Clairemont ceramics studio on Friday June 4th. Crosby is hard of hearing and legally blind, so he markets his ceramics under the new brand and TikTok channel DeafBlindPotter.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Crosby’s mother, Cherri Crosby, said her son was an active boy who played sports and never let his hearing impairment hold him back. But when Crosby was 13, the lights in the stadium went out during an evening football game and he suddenly realized he had no night vision. A few months later he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome and told that he was gradually going to lose all of his eyesight. Crosby said he ignored the doctors and moved on.

“It was a journey for me. I didn’t accept it when I was young. I just lived my life, got my driver’s license and tried to forget about it, ”he said.

But at the age of 19 he lost his peripheral vision and had to give up his license. He attended a Bible school in the mountains of central California and tried to hide his vision loss from others until he tripped over a lawnmower and fell into the knife, then later stepped onto a chair in the cafeteria and suffered another serious fall.

“I started crying. It was an emotional moment. I found out that I am really deaf and blind, ”he said.

To adjust to his new life, he took classes at the Helen Keller National Center, where teachers asked Crosby if he had any hobbies. He remembered throwing pottery on a wheel in art class at University City High School. He later took classes at Mesa College and then learned glazing techniques at San Diego State University. He said it took a long time to accept the vision-related imperfections in his work.

“When I overcame the need to be perfect, I began to heal. Healing was the most important part of the ceramic process for me, ”he said.

In his mid-twenties, Crosby developed his artistic signature, which consists of three engraved horizontal rings on each piece he made. They stand for joy, perseverance and character, while the piece itself stands for hope.

A selection of Kelvin Crosby's coffee mugs with prices starting at $ 55.

A selection of Kelvin Crosby’s coffee mugs with prices starting at $ 55. All ceramic pieces of the hard of hearing and legally blind Crosby are engraved with three horizontal rings that represent joy, perseverance and character.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

At the age of 28, Crosby lost the clarity in one of his eyes, which led him to put the pottery aside and focus on developing a new invention, Smart Guider, an illuminated walking stick for people with visual impairments. This product was in the final stages of development last year when funding dried up.

Around the same time, a family friend named Michaela Harding asked Crosby if he would teach her how to pottery. He offered to get his gear from the warehouse and give her lessons if she let him do a few laps to see what he could do without a clear view. The experience was a revelation.

“When I touched the clay, the healing started all over again. The next thing I knew I was making 10 pieces a day, ”he said.

Michaela’s older sister Natalie Harding – a graduate of SDSU Business School – saw Crosby’s work and together they came up with the idea of ​​developing a new pottery brand, DeafBlindPotter. Crosby built his own website and Harding started filming and posting videos on TikTok. The first video from December 1 received 100,000 views overnight and is now over 800,000. The third video has 1.4 million views.

Crosby’s videos, which he is now filming and posting himself, are a mixture of a pottery tutorial and cheerful motivational speeches. He starts with a pile of clay, which he floats up with water and then turns. He can’t see if the sound is centered on the wheel, but he can feel it when the jar wobbles in his hands. If the tip is crooked, he cuts it off. When it collapses, he shares it too, because everyone makes mistakes. He mixes cups with ceramic glaze with his fingers in order to feel the desired consistency, and with his bare hands he dips the vessels in glaze in order to measure the depth of the colored bands with his fingers. The process from the sludge to the finished vessel takes about three weeks.

Crosby’s “office” is a backyard shed in his parents’ Jerry and Cherri’s home. Crosby’s wife, Abigail, for 10 years, drops him off on his way to work six mornings a week. He calls Abigail his “skirt” because it keeps him on the floor when his entrepreneurial dreams get too carried away. But Cherri Crosby said she believes her son will be able to make his pottery school or any other dream come true.

“If anyone can, he can,” said Cherri. “It’s definitely an inspiring story. He feels very blessed and has the feeling that he can see better now that his eyes are not working properly. ”

In the weeks leading up to its June 27 auction, Crosby will be showing cups, bowls and vases on the DeafBlindPotter page a new e-commerce and interactive social media app called Auxxite. He will broadcast his pot marathon and the auction live on Auxxit. It is also streamed tiktok.com/@deafblindpotter and his YouTube channel (youtube.com, search for “DeafBlind Potter”). His website is deafblindpotter.com.

Kelvin Crosby will be working in his ceramics studio on Friday June 4th.

Kelvin Crosby will be working in his ceramics studio on Friday June 4th. Crosby starts between 12-20 pieces a day and then continues working on 50-150 other pieces that are at different stages in the process.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)